CANADA STOCKS-TSX close higher for first time in 2011

Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:06pm EST
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TORONTO Jan 11 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index finished higher for the first time this year, soaring more than 1 percent as resource issues rallied strongly with firming commodity prices.

After falling for five straight sessions, the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE put together a triple-digit gain to unofficially finish 155.93 points, or 1.18 percent, higher at 13,401.05. Eight of the index's 10 main groups advanced, with the materials and oil and gas sectors leading the way.

($1=$0.99 Canadian) (Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; editing by Rob Wilson)